Superintendent search launches with survey, focus groups

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by Mike Knaak news@thenewsleaders.com The search for a new Sartell-St. Stephen school district superintendent is off to a fast start. A survey should be online Friday, Jan. 8, and focus-group meetings will take place next week, according to a schedule the school board approved Jan. 4. The district hired consultants School Exec Connect to conduct the search after Superintendent Jeff

Fourth breakthrough on thin ice on area lakes

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by Heidi L. Everett editor@thenewsleaders.com For the fourth time in two weeks, Stearns County sheriff deputies have been called to a breakthrough on thin ice. On Jan. 3, deputies were dispatched to Big Watab Lake in Collegeville Township for a fish house that went through the ice. When deputies arrived, they found the fish house was being removed from the

Car leaves road, strikes irrigator

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by Heidi L. Everett editor@thenewsleaders.com The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has identified the driver of a vehicle that crashed and was left in a ditch north of St. Stephen. On Jan. 1 at 8:48 a.m., a Stearns County Deputy was on patrol in Brockway Township when he came upon a vehicle crashed in the ditch at 85th Avenue near 440th

Sartell man struck, killed on highway

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by Heidi L. Everett editor@thenewsleaders.com On Dec. 29, a 33-year-old Sartell man was struck and killed on Highway 10 in the morning.  According to the incident report, Eric Sylvester Wochnick was driving westbound on Highway 10 at approximately 6:30 a.m. when he crashed into trees on the right side of the road. He then got out of his vehicle and

St. Joseph Snapshots of 2020

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While 2020 headlines tell of all we lost due to COVID-19, these snapshots tell all that we gained. Celebration and connection. Compassion. Resilience. Hope. We truly are in this together.  

Santa makes window visits

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photo by Carolyn BertschRodney Austin, at Sartell’s Edgewood Senior Living, receives a surprise visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus Dec. 15. The gift of holiday cheer was arranged for by Express Employment Professionals, of St. Cloud, who sponsored trips to several local assisted living facilities. photo by Carolyn BertschKay Peterson, also at Edgewood, holds up a photo when Santa asks,

Mayor looks forward to real face time

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by Heidi L. Everett editor@thenewsleaders.com With most of St. Joseph city business happening online and curbside the last year, Mayor Rick Schultz looks forward to real face time to reboot economic activity and community engagement. Schultz said he is looking forward to when they can hold the all-day city staff meeting face to face, so all who work for the